Sies! old age home sewage spills over

2015-11-26 06:00
Joyce Mbexe is angry after a drain burst for the third time causing massive damage to property, in Gugulethu, on early hours of last Thursday morning. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Joyce Mbexe is angry after a drain burst for the third time causing massive damage to property, in Gugulethu, on early hours of last Thursday morning. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Peaceful sleep for some families in Gugulethu has become somewhat of a rare luxury, as they go to bed every night worrying that the sewerage system in a nearby old age home. might again burst at the seams, leaving them knee-deep in sewage, as happened last Thursday.

The families, in NY3, which street is situated at the back of the Ekuphumleni Old Age Home, are again seeing red after a drain there burst, causing massive flooding and damage to property.

They say although the felt the old age home was necessary for the interest of senior citizens, its drainage system always leave a stink whenever it is blocked.

Joyce Mbexe, one of the affeted homeowners, said the drain burst was the second in as many years, and the damages always ran into thousands of rands.

“In March this year, the same thing happened, with the sewage spilling over into a wide area, reaching knee level in some instances.”

“It was like a sea waves inside the house. We were asleep when it the drain burst , and by the time we woke up, we were knee deep in muck.

“This is way too much for us now. We have already spent over R20 000 for the past incidents. It is clear that the city officials who came to fix the drain did a poor job of it,” Mbexe said. Apart from the mani house, the Mbexes have seven outrooms in their backyard.

Among other things that were damaged, include are ghousehold appliances like refigerators, beds, television sets, wardrobes, cupboards, walls and foodstuff. Mbexe said they could not even go to work because of the damage caused by the floods and that children also could not go to school as their books were also damaged. Sindiswa Koester, of house number 14, said the floods of sewage were so strong. “The floods were pushing so strong. We are not safe here. It is so frustrating. We live in a mess,” Koester said. Simon Maytham, Media Liaison Officer for the City of Cape Town, said the matter was being “investigated.”

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